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  • West Burton Falls

    Quote:Now there's a familiar name from the forums, welcome to the Critique Gallery Len!

    Like John above, I'm curious as to what you are looking for here. You know what you are doing technically, I'm going to comment on my main preoccupation, composition.

    Quite apart from the fact that I am suffering from acute bag envy, red clothing is potentially God's gift to photography, but I'm not sure about how you used the figure here. The red is too striking to be an incidental, too small to be a real focal point. If the composition is about the falls, then the figure risks being a bit of a distraction. I think I would have wanted to compose for her, using the water as her frame, and using the lens at full length to bring her forward, make her more important in the frame. Here she is pushed back, insignificant. But that's viewing on a screen, I can well imagine this working at A3.

    I've just prepared two cropped modification (the second is a drastic crop so at this size image quality has suffered.) They are really to illustrate alternative approaches. No other changes made.

    Although the fall has much to offer it also has challenges - particularly the black area where the figure decided to take closer images of the falls..

    I took landscape shots at a longer focal length but feel this one works best.

    Last night during an RCPS zoom session I was asked about shutter speeds for flowing water - and made my usually comment - it part depends on the speed of the water. When I took this (having bracketed different shutter times) I decided 1/3 was about right for me - though the previous evening with less water flow 1 second was about right.

    I could easily make the figure bigger - though everybody local would likely notice the figure had become the size of a giant.

    A current Covid challenge is meetings of no more than six and no print exhibitions until probably 2022, is getting feedback.


    • 27 Oct 2020 8:51AM
  • Autumn Medley

    I like this image - and the way it has been processed.
    • 26 Oct 2020 8:00PM
  • Imagination

    It is not the Shambles Grin
    • 15 Jan 2015 5:23PM
  • White fronted bee eater

    Thanks for compliments - the colours are a bit flat because I forgot to convert from Adobe RGB to sRGB before posting - my fault.
    I have other shots from the same session - but none with an orange butterfly side on.
    • 30 Mar 2008 12:25PM
  • Should you use VR for fast moving hockey?
    While it is up to you to decide, VR does not reduce camera shake effects at faster shutter speeds than 1/600 and has very little gain at 1/500.
    • Posted on johnmac's profile
    • 9 Jan 2019 8:26AM